New Census numbers show Lone Star state rapid rise
The U.S. Census Bureau just reported that the Austin-Round Rock was the second-fastest growing metropolitan statistical area (MSA)* between 2007 and 2008. Its population jumped 3.8%, only outgrown by Raleigh, NC, which climbed 4.3%.
Overall Texas saw meteoric increases. (Top 100 fastest-growing MSA chart in downloadable Excel spreadsheet.) Thirteen MSAs saw increases across the state saw a total population rise of 2.3%, or 451,264 people.
The vast majority of those newcomers ended up in the Texas Triangle. In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston took the #1 and #2 spot in the country for the most number of people added.
|Overall Rank by % Growth||MSA||Change ('07-'08)||% Change|
On a county-by-county basis, 10 of the 25 counties with the largest total increase in population were in Texas. Furthermore, fully 19 of the 100 fastest growing counties were in Texas:
|Overall Rank by % Growth ||County||Texas Triangle |
|14||Fort Bend||Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown||4.8|
|79||Hood||Somerville + Granbury||3.1|
That means the Texas Triangle accounted for 87.6% of the entire state's population growth. DFW and Houston were nearly neck-and-neck, but the Metroplex edged out the Bayou City by attracting 32.5% of new Texans.
|MSA||Share of New Texans|
Although it's great to be the state everybody loves, Texans already here are beginning to question the effects of so many more people will have on their way of life. .:.